Arte a Firenze da Botticelli a Bronzino: Verso Una “Maniera Moderna”

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

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In Florence, the cultural epicenter of the Italian Renaissance, studios employing apprentices in systematized art production flourished in the 15th century and fostered many superb artists. Competing in friendly rivalry, these artists sought new modes of expression transcending the standardized work of the studios, and a sophisticated art style, termed the “maniera moderna” (new style) by Giorgio Vasari, blossomed in the 16th century. This exhibition will trace the development of Florentine art from the 15th to the 16th century through works from the collection of the world-famed Uffizi Gallery, Florence’s oldest art museum, founded to house the art collections of the Medici family. The Uffizi Gallery is renowned for its excellent collection of works by Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance. Through paintings by Botticelli— including his famed “Pallas and the Centaur”— and works by Andrea del Sarto, Jacopo da Pontormo, Agnolo Bronzino, and other leading figures of 16th-century Florentine art (some 80 pieces in all), this exhibition will convey the essence of the astonishingly rich and varied Florentine Renaissance.

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Lecture “Florentine Art in the Studio Age— Toward the Creation of “Maniera Moderna”
Speaker: Shigetoshi Osano (Tokyo University Professor)
Date: Oct. 12 (Sun) 11:00–12:30

Lecture “Florentine Art and the Medici Family”
Speaker: Akiko Kobayashi (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Curator)
Date: Nov. 8 (Sat) 14:00–15:30

Lecture “Botticelli’s Mythological Paintings”
Speaker: Yoshinori Kyotani (Kyushu University Graduate School Associate Professor)

Admission: Free
Audience: 230 per lecture (admitted on first-come basis)

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from October 11, 2014 to December 14, 2014

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